Holiday Quick Fix: Chef Monica Says, ‘It’s Pie Time’

Pastry Chef Monica Olivier recalls her fondest Thanksgiving memory and gives her best tips on pie baking.

Thanksgiving is eight days away. Stomachs are already growling for turkey, stuffing, mac & cheese, and whatever other side gets put on your table.

While most of us might be thinking of new stacking techniques for plates one and two, self-taught pastry chef Monica Olivier is thinking all things dessert. As a child, Monica remembers waking up to the smell of homemade banana nut bread along with her sister on Sunday mornings; baked by their mother.

She also recalls being in the kitchen experimenting with sweets, “My sister and I decided to make a peach cobbler one day after binge watching Food Network and I think that’s when I really got sucked into creating desserts from scratch,” Monica reflected.

Now, the 22-year-old divides her time being a mom to a two-year-old, working full time as a cake decorator, and working independently as the owner and sole baker of Cakes & Cocktails – creating any-occasion cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and more.

“Cakes & Cocktails is my way of being able to bake amazing cakes – like a three-tiered Mickey Mouse clubhouse cake – to add a sweet touch to anyone’s special event. It also lets me continue experiment,” she explained.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, Monica is planning on making everyone’s holiday baking a little simpler with a pie sale. We caught up with Monica to talk about her fondest Thanksgiving memories and her top three tips on how to bake off a pie better than your grandmother without any baking experience.

About Alley Olivier (84 Articles)
Alley Olivier is a Brooklyn woman wearing many literal and figurative hats – snapback, bucket, and fedora if she feels like it. The short-haired founder and CEO of ButtahMedia, Alley operates as the Managing Editor for; churning out insightful interviews, balancing her opinions on all things pop culture, and ensuring entrepreneurs find useful information that is without the scientific jargon. When she isn’t consumed by everything Buttah, find her pen flexing on,, and Caribbean Life Newspaper. Follow her everywhere @All3Y_B.

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